Infiniti dealers and consumers will wait until 2016 at the earliest to see a number of critical new products that have been promised.
The pipeline includes a trio of as-yet-unidentified new compact vehicles, built in Mexico in cooperation with Mercedes-Benz. There will be at least one new car above the Q70 in size and a small-volume performance car based on the Q50.
The brand got a shock this month with the sudden departure of Johan de Nysschen as Infiniti's worldwide president. De Nysschen's move to Cadillac after two years at Infiniti's helm has sparked concern that the aggressive long-range rebuilding program he championed might be in jeopardy. Under de Nysschen, Infiniti has been approved to increase its model offerings 60 percent and double the number of available powertrains.
But Andy Palmer, Infiniti's chief corporate architect as Nissan Motor Corp. executive vice president, indicated that the plans would not change in de Nysschen's absence.